Team Leader, Research Grants

at University of Melbourne

About Research, Innovation and Commercialisation

RIC is a specialist team dedicated to enabling the University's research and enterprise mission working closely with our academics, professional colleagues, industry partners, funding agencies and government agencies. We have a passion to see our academics and their collaboration partners succeed, achieve research excellence and translate their discoveries into real-world innovation and impact. RIC operates University-wide across all ten Faculties and Chancellery. At a high level our capabilities include:

  • Strategic relationship development with Industry partners, including Innovation Precincts
  • Business development, research marketing and communications, intellectual property management and technology transfer mechanisms in partnership with the investment community
  • Proposal funding submission and post-award support including contracts and research accounting from a wide range of funders. Specialized services for larger schemes such as MRFF, ARC and NHMRC Centres, ITRPs and CRCs and international programs.
  • Research ethics, integrity, governance and quality
  • Research infrastructure asset management
  • Training and development programs for academic and professional staff

We aspire to service excellence every single day and creating an innovative, positive culture where feedback is valued, success is recognised and the University comes first in decision-making. We value big thinking on a global scale, attention to detail and care about our researchers' success, the personal development of our team members and ensuring RIC is a great place to work at the University.

About the role

The Health and Medical Research Grants team coordinates the provision of high quality research grants support services with a focus on NHMRC and Domestic Health and Medical grant funding. This includes the provision of specialist advice on all aspects of grants management from oversight of application and award processes through to reporting.

Working under broad supervision of the Manager, Health and Medical Research Grants, the Team Leader provides high-quality research grants support to a range of health and medical focused Australian funding, with a strong focus on: NHMRC funding; supporting close collaboration with a range of research institutes across the Precinct; and, providing operational support for bids to the Medical Research Future Fund. The aim of the role is to support an increase in the level and diversity of external research funding for the University of Melbourne. The role has supervisory responsibility, plans and oversees workflow, task completion, relationship management both external and internal to the University.

To be successful in this role you will have strong problem-solving, organisation and leadership skills and be passionate about supporting research, continuous improvement and innovation with a proven record of influencing and engaging others with your leadership skills. Your strong customer centric focus will ensure you build strong working relationships, seeking advice from others as required.

About you

  • The appointee will have a tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline and/or equivalent combination of relevant experience and education/training, including demonstrated experience in leading teams.

  • Expert knowledge of health and medical grant funding programs and funding rules, with specific knowledge in relation to NHMRC funding schemes.

  • Demonstrated experience in providing successful service-oriented administration of complex programs and/or coordination of cross-discipline and cross-academic division applications.

  • Experience leading, coaching and developing members of a team.

  • High level of initiative around processes including a commitment to continuous improvement, efficiency and efficacy.

  • Proven ability to thrive in a changing and fast paced environment


  • Maximise your benefits through our Salary Packaging scheme

  • Flexible family friendly policies, providing generous leave and working conditions

  • The opportunity to work in a culturally rich environment

  • A substantial discount to eligible staff and their immediate families in undertaking further studies at the University of Melbourne

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The University is a vibrant campus. We have well-established clubs and networks giving the opportunity to engage and collaborate with other staff around the University. We strive to create an environment where staff and students promote culturally inclusive behaviour and activities, ensure cultural differences are heard and explored, and actively seek to learn from other cultures.

How to apply

Your application submitted should include a CV along with your responses against the selection criteria found in the Position Description for the role.

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